TV Special Save

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Juno, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    I got this on Etsy for 12.00 in the hopes I could save it. il_570xN.1239201558_m990.jpg il_570xN.1286436335_49eg.jpg il_570xN.1239202588_kn4p.jpg 20180610_142149-1.jpg 20180610_142210_HDR-1.jpg 20180610_142143-1.jpg 20180610_142224-1.jpg
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  2. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    Scrubbing bubbles, soapy water, Flitz, Novus polish, a hundred Q-Tips, and lots of patience and elbow grease.
  3. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    The handle still needs some work, but my fingers are cramping.
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  4. Brickman301

    Brickman301 Well-Known Member

    Nice work! Wow that thing was nasty, lol.
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  5. spot705

    spot705 Active Member

    Excellent job!
    What did you use to clean the case without scratching or fogging it?
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  6. Jim99

    Jim99 Gold Water Shaver

    You did a nice job with it!
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  7. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    I soaked it with warm water and a little dish soap. Then I used Novus level 1 polish on it with shop towels. All that grime came off with the water and soap and a soft toothbrush.
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  8. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    I also got a grubby late 40 s superspeed case from the same place with what turned out to be a contract tech in it. The handle looks nickel and the baseplates and cap are reddish brass. It looks like someone removed the black paint from those but there are still traces of it. I had no idea what was in it. I just bought it for the case so I was happy with what I found in there!
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  9. kfbrady

    kfbrady Well-Known Member

    Nice. A little scrubbing with Flitz and an old toothbrush will clean up the handle.

    I like my TV Special. It's a shame that 1958 was the year that the Flare Tip lost the knob retainer screw in favor of the crimp, but that's a minor complaint and mine gives me a nice smooth shave. I prefer the higher domed, 50's style head, I like the plain knurling on the handle and I even like how compact the case is.


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  10. Jrdelgado

    Jrdelgado Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the advice!
  11. Jrdelgado

    Jrdelgado Well-Known Member

    Looks great!
  12. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    Very nice! I prefer the older style head as well. As far as the retainer screw....mine has a slightly wiggly/loose tto knob that needs to be addressed so yeah....I miss the screw! I think the case on these is pretty neat as well. It looks nearly impossible to disassemble without breaking it for sure. I didn't even attempt it, though I have gotten pretty good taking apart the blue, red, and beige ones. The late 40 s superspeed cases are really the easiest. Having gotten this one, I think my superspeed collection is done for awhile. I just need a red tip case.
  13. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    If the Contract Tech handle has the grooves, then the whole razor was probably gold originally. I think the handle is actually a base metal, rather than Brass, and was Nickel plated before the gold wash was added. This would have been a '46.
  14. Enrico

    Enrico Well-Known Member

    Great job! That TV Special looks nice enough to be your avatar. :happy088:
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  15. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    Very interesting. I guess that clears up the nickel. I was wondering because I had never seen any in nickel. Thank you for the info. I will try to post a pic of it later.
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  17. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    TV Special is a nice, nice shaver.
  18. Juno

    Juno Active Member

    Here are 2 pics of the contract tech.
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  19. John Ruschmeyer

    John Ruschmeyer Well-Known Member

    Yup, I'm pretty sure that's a '46 and was originally gold. Basically, the gold wash was applied directly to the brass parts but the base metal handle needed a nickel plating for the gold the bond to. (Not that the gold wash lasted all that well, anyway.)

    I actually like that handle in Nickel.
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  20. Jorvaljr

    Jorvaljr Operation Daytona 8000

    Great job!

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